Quotes on Change and Organizations



Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two

Octavio Paz 1914-1998, Mexican poet and essayist


Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit

Henry Brooks Adams 1838-1919, American writer and historian


It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change

Charles Darwin 1809-1882, English biologist and father of the evolution theory


One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself I could not change others

Nelson Mandela 1918-, Nobel prize winner, South African statesman and President since 1994


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly

Henri L. Bergson 1859-1941, French philosopher, 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature


It's been a long time coming. But I know a change is gonna come

Sam Cooke 1931-1964, American musician


Kaizen is like a hotbed that nurtures small and ongoing changes, while innovation is like magma that appears in abrupt eruptions from time to time

Masaaki Imai, Japanese change and quality management guru


Management is, above all, a practice where art, science, and craft meet

Henry Mintzberg 1939- , renowned academic and writer on business and management


Constant dripping hollows out a stone

Lucretius 98-55 BC, Roman poet


Social organizations are flagrantly open systems in that the input of energies and the conversion of output into further energetic input consists of transactions between the organization and its environment

Daniel Katz and Robert L. Kahn in The Social Psychology of Organizations (1966)


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has

Margaret Mead 1901-1978, American cultural anthropologist


Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything

John Kenneth Galbraith


I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me

Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865, sixteenth American president


We started off trying to set up a small anarchist community, but people wouldn't obey the rules

Alan Bennett


Change is good - you go first

Kenneth F Murphy 1955-, former SVP HR of Altria Group and writer


People don't resist change. They resist being changed!

Peter Senge, management writer famous for the notion of the learning organization


All things are in a state of flux

Heraclites 540BC-480BC, Greek Philosopher


Be the change you want to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948, political and spiritual leader of India


Nothing is permanent, but change

Heraclitus 535475 BCE, pre-Socratic Ionian philosopher


Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future

John F. Kennedy 1917-1963, 35th President of the United States

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